This collection of 10 original essays honors the intellectual legacy of Prof Everett M Rogers (1931–2004), a pioneering and distinguished teacher—scholar of diffusion of innovations, communication networks, and social change. Well-known colleagues and contemporaries write on topics that not only piqued Rogers' curiosity, but to which he made seminal and lasting contributions. The concluding chapter documents Rogers' life journey from his modest farm boy beginnings in Iowa, through his distinguished academic career, to his final return to the farm.
Chapter 1: Communication of Innovations: A Journey with Ev Rogers
Communication of Innovations: A Journey with Ev Rogers
When we were graduating with our doctorates in communication, Ev Rogers was amassing papers and laying the groundwork for what would become his 1994 book, A History of Communication Study. He had a number of other projects ongoing as well, including a few with us, but there was a special shimmer in his eyes when he was on the trail of an account or document that he expected might illuminate some forgotten or overlooked aspect of the founding of the field of communication. Ev had always been keen on history, on names and places, precedents and consequences, and especially the social connections that tie people together and might explain ...